FIU’s Igloo system is a notable one – it’s the first to be equipped with a state-of-the-art, ground-shaking Sennheiser AMBEO sound system. A nine-speaker setup hidden behind an acoustically-transparent screen creates an immersive, ambisonic soundscape – so the sound appears to emanate, not just from in front or behind the audience, but above and below too.
In 2022, Program Director Bryan Cooper invited Gustavo Matamoros to join the i360 Theater as sound artist in residence in charged of the Sennheiser AMBEO system to create special content for the project in collaboration with faculty and students and to help organize microcredit workshops for live recording and production in the ambisonic domain.
During his first year’s residency, Gustavo helped expand the system to a 11.1 configuration and has presented two public events, one featuring a work by David Dunn and another by himself. Both of them are works created and presented in the 11.1 AMBEO format.